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November 7, 2012
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  Making the Call 
  • Ariz. firefighters take on extra duties to help cities save money
    Firefighters in Arizona and across the country are taking on extra tasks between 9-1-1 calls to help their departments and municipalities reduce costs. Buckeye, Ariz., firefighters pitch in with gardening at the city cemetery, crews in Gilbert and Chandler trim trees, and some have returned to cleaning their own firehouses. “It’s not what we want to do. It’s not what we are trained to do. With the economy being what it is, it’s what we are asked to do, so we do it,” Buckeye Fire Capt. Stuart Esh said. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. emergency system was ready but not needed during Sandy
    Massachusetts' new emergency alert system got minimal use during last week's East Coast storm, mostly sending out weather alerts because the state got more of a glancing blow. Officials said they would prefer to reserve the system for serious emergencies, when the Ping4Alerts technology can send public safety and health alerts through a smartphone application. Urgent Communications (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Policy Pulse 
  • NTIA extends FirstNet comment period due to Sandy
    Disruptions from Superstorm Sandy led the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to extend until Friday the comment period on the First Responder Network or FirstNet, which will create an interoperable, nationwide public safety network for first responders. More than 50 groups and individuals have issued comments on conceptual presentations made for creating the network. Government Security News (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio county seeks alternatives to landlines for 9-1-1 funding
    Campbell County's Consolidated Dispatch Center in Ohio is facing funding problems because so many people are switching from landlines to cellphones. The state Legislature has failed to pass a bill to fix the funding system, so Campbell County is digging into reserves for operating funds while it considers ideas such as switching billing for 9-1-1 services to water meters instead of telephone lines. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation Insights 
  • NG9-1-1 systems must go beyond enhanced call services
    Next generation 9-1-1 needs to have enhanced services such as text, video and data but also must go beyond that to offer high-level location capability that can pinpoint the precise origin of a 9-1-1 call such as which floor in a high-rise building, according to TMCnet's Rory Lidstone. To accommodate the new technology, businesses, schools and government facilities still need to improve their NG9-1-1 readiness. According to data from NENA, 25 million of the 240 million 9-1-1 calls made annually come from multiline telephone systems. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Device would capture scene before first responders enter
    Boston-based Bouncing Image is developing a device to help police and firefighters better see what they are walking into during an emergency. The company is working on a ball-shaped device that will contain multiple cameras, so when it is tossed into an unknown area, even a poorly lit area, it will spin and snap photos. The photos will be wirelessly sent to software that will put them together to create a panoramic image. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NENA News 
  • NENA announces details of Development Conference, opens registration
    The NENA Development Conference, taking place in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 10 to 13, will encourage participants to discuss the current and future needs of public safety; share ideas about how to best address these concerns; drive the development of standards and best practices during focused, interactive working sessions; and, through these efforts, transform today’s limited-capability 9-1-1 system into the data-rich, next generation 9-1-1 system that enables smarter and more effective emergency response. Learn more and register online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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